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Banubanu is a unique and intimate getaway that offers a rare opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of Bremer Island, a sacred land of the Yolngu people. With only six cabins and a maximum of 12 guests, you’ll feel like you have this slice of paradise all to yourself. You’ll sleep in simple but comfortable beachfront huts, dine on fresh seafood and local produce, and enjoy activities such as fishing, snorkelling, birdwatching, and cultural tours. You’ll also learn about the history and traditions of the Yolngu people, who have lived on this island for thousands of years and who welcome you as their guests. Banubanu is located on the northeastern tip of Bremer Island, a small and secluded island off the coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. The island is part of the Dhambaliya Indigenous Protected Area and is home to diverse wildlife such as turtles, dolphins, dugongs, whales, and seabirds. The island is also rich in cultural heritage, with ancient rock art sites, ceremonial grounds, and sacred stories. Banubanu is accessible by a 15-minute flight from Nhulunbuy (Gove) Airport, which is about a two-hour flight from Darwin. Banubanu is a rustic and eco-friendly retreat that blends in with its natural surroundings. The six cabins are made of recycled materials and feature wooden floors, thatched roofs, and open-air bathrooms. The cabins are decorated with Aboriginal artworks and fabrics, and have ceiling fans, mosquito nets, and solar-powered lights. There is no air-conditioning, TV, or Wi-Fi, but you won’t miss them as you relax on your private deck overlooking the turquoise sea. The main lodge is a spacious and airy pavilion with a lounge area, a dining area, a bar, and a library. The lodge also has a large deck with sun loungers and hammocks, where you can enjoy the views and the breeze.
Banubanu is committed to sustainability and environmental protection. The retreat uses solar power, rainwater tanks, compost toilets, and biodegradable products. The retreat also minimizes waste by recycling, reusing, and composting. The retreat supports local conservation projects such as turtle monitoring, marine debris removal, and fire management. The retreat also educates guests about the importance of respecting and preserving the natural and cultural values of the island.
Banubanu has e a long-standing relationship with the Yolngu people of Bremer Island. The retreat employs local Yolngu staff and guides, who share their knowledge and skills with guests. The retreat also sources local produce and seafood from Yolngu suppliers and fishermen. The retreat contributes to the social and economic development of the Yolngu community by supporting local initiatives such as education, health care, art, and tourism. The retreat also fosters cross-cultural understanding and appreciation between guests and hosts.
Banubanu has six beachfront cabins that can accommodate up to 12 guests. There are four Deluxe Eco Tents that have king-sized beds or twin beds, ensuite bathrooms with hot showers, private decks with chairs and tables, mini fridges, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, towels, toiletries, hairdryers, and beach bags. There are also two Eco Cabins that have queen-sized beds or twin beds, shared bathrooms with cold showers, private decks with chairs, tea and coffee making facilities, towels, toiletries, and beach bags. All cabins have ceiling fans, mosquito nets, and solar-powered lights.
Food and drink
One of the highlights of staying at Banubanu is the delicious food and drink that you can enjoy throughout the day. The retreat prides itself on serving fresh and locally sourced ingredients, especially seafood caught by the Yolngu fishermen. You can expect to taste barramundi, mud crab, oysters, prawns, and more, cooked with herbs and spices from the island’s garden. You can also savor other dishes made with chicken, beef, lamb, or vegetables, as well as salads, soups, and sandwiches. For dessert, you can indulge in homemade cakes, pies, ice cream, or tropical fruit.
Things to do
Banubanu offers a range of activities to suit your interests and mood. You can relax on the white sand beach, swim in the clear water, or snorkel among the coral reefs. You can also go fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or sailing. You can join cultural tours to learn about the Yolngu people, their language, their customs, and their spirituality. You can also go birdwatching, bushwalking, or stargazing. You can also enjoy yoga, meditation, massage, or wellness workshops.
Banubanu is a perfect base to explore the wider region of Arnhem Land, a vast and remote area that is home to the oldest living culture on earth. You can join guided tours to visit nearby islands, such as Elcho Island and the Wessel Islands, where you can see ancient rock art, traditional crafts, and vibrant communities. You can also visit Nhulunbuy (Gove), the largest town in Arnhem Land, where you can shop for Aboriginal art, visit the cultural centre, and learn about the history and industry of the region.
Banubanu is a family-friendly retreat that welcomes children of all ages. The retreat provides cots, high chairs, toys, games, and books for kids. The retreat also organizes activities for kids such as treasure hunts, sandcastle competitions, face painting, and storytelling. The retreat also offers babysitting services and special menus for kids. The retreat is a great place for kids to learn about nature and culture in a fun and safe environment.
Banubanu is accessible by a 15-minute flight from Nhulunbuy (Gove) Airport, which is about a two-hour flight from Darwin. The retreat provides transfers from and to the airport. The retreat can also arrange charter flights from other locations in Australia. Alternatively, you can drive to Nhulunbuy (Gove) from Darwin via the Central Arnhem Road, which takes about 12 hours and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle and a permit. The retreat can also arrange car hire and permits for you.
- Actively reduces consumption
- Solar powered or renewable energy
- Employs local people
- Promotes local businesses
- Funds projects
- Local or organic food
- Community based
- Beach or coast
- Up to 2
- Up to 4
- Up to 8
- Over 8
- Tented camp
- Cultural visit